Save the date: "Be Smart, Think Blue" conference in Gdansk

The Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, project partner of the Smart Blue Regions project, in cooperation with the national contact point (NCP) networks BioHorizon and ETNAplus, is organising the „Be Smart, Think Blue“ conference on the 19th and 20th September 2016 in Gdansk.

Three projects, namely the Smart Blue Regions Interreg project (Smart specialisation and Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea Region) and the two European NCP network projects BioHorizon (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNAplus (Smart, green and integrated transport), have joined forces to strengthen Europe’s capacity for efficient Blue Growth.

Smart specialisation is a key concept for boosting innovation around the EU. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European Blue Growth sector is a prerequisite to making the most of the sea of opportunities open to stakeholders. In addition to regional specialisation and funding, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, provides several funding opportunities for marine and maritime R&I projects on a European scale. Creating synergies between all available funding sources is the ultimate goal of the “BE SMART – THINK BLUE” event.

The first day of the event, 19th September 2016, will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into smart blue specialisations, including examples of success stories and reflections on the major current challenges. The Smart Blue Regions project will be widely discussed in this context. On the second day (20 September 2016), participants will have the possibility to initiate international research cooperation initiatives during a brokerage event dedicated specifically to stakeholders in the area of Blue Growth with a focus on (but not limited to) the Baltic Sea region. The brokerage event will focus on relevant open calls in Horizon 2020 and other applicable funding schemes. Participants of the brokerage event will be enabled to set a priori an appointment with the persons selected by them based on profiles created during registration.

The aim of the overall two-day event is to create an inspiring space and encourage a spirit of effective cooperation amongst blue growth actors from across Europe.

This event is also the first transnational workshop directed to stakeholders organised in the framework of the Smart Blue Regions project. Four others will follow it over the next 2-3 years.

More information on the event website.

You can register for the conference here by 5th September 2016.


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